Graphic: Washburn Law Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Prograpm ranked number 13, ranked number 2 in the United States for government law, and top 12 for trial advocacy.

By the Numbers

Map: United States showing location of Kansas and Topeka.
Located in the capital city of Kansas, Washburn University School of Law is conveniently situated in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Washburn Law's impact extends far beyond the state's borders.

Graphic: the number 13.Legal Writing Ranking

Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program ranked #13 by U.S. News & World Report, 2017 edition.

Graphic: the number 2.Government Law Ranking

Washburn Law named #2 school in the nation for government law by preLaw magazine, 2016.

Graphic: the number 12. Trial Advocacy

Among the top 12 schools in the nation for Trial Advocacy, with an "A" rating, prelaw magazine, 2016.

Graphic: the number 3. Academic Programs

Graphic: the number 6. Centers for Excellence

Graphic: the number 9. Certificate Programs

Graphic: the number 5. Tuition Waiver States

Residents of the following states are eligible for in-state tuition:Graphic: Shows nearby states that qualify for in-state tuition-- Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.

  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Active duty and veteran military are also eligible for in-state tuition.

Graphic: the number 8. Clinic Practice Areas

Clinic students help real clients with:

Other skills-based learning includes:

Class of 2015-2016 students participated in 46 clinic opportunities and 52 externships.

Graphic: the number 3. Dual Degrees

Graphic: 9.2 to 1 student faculty ratio.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Graphic: the number 25 and a plus sign.
Student Organizations

Students participate through various organizations in volunteer, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

  • Barrister's Ball donated $10,600 to Breakthrough House of Topeka.
  • Children and Family Law Center students worked on a Habitat for Humanity build.
  • Washburn Law Democrats donated the proceeds from their annual Blue Tie Soiree to Life House Child Advocacy Center in Topeka.
Recent Recognition
Graphic: Military Friendly logo.

Washburn University designated 2017 Military Friendly® school by Victory Media.

16-place jump — largest increase of any law school in Kansas and in the region, fourth largest in the nation — in U.S. News & World Report rankings, 2017 edition.

Graphic: preLaw magazine 2016 Best Value Law School recognition.

Recognized as a Best School for Small Law by preLaw magazine in 2016.

Received an "A" ranking (top 17 in nation) for business and corporate law and an "A-" ranking (top 11 in nation) for tax law, preLaw magazine, Fall 2016

91% pass rate for 2016 graduates who took the July Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Photograph: Robert 'Joe' Pilgrim, recognized by The National Jurist in 2016 as one of the top 5 law students in the United States.

Robert "Joe" Pilgrim recognized as one of the top 5 law students in the nation by The National Jurist, 2016.

Graphic: U.S. News and World Report number 13 ranking for legal writing in 2017.

Other recognition includes:

  • 19th on list of Great Law Libraries by National Jurist.
  • Named an Outstanding Law School in The Princeton Review.
Graphic: Cover of National Jurist "Best Schools for Practical Training" issue.

National Jurist recognition for Best Schools for Practical Training in 2014 (top 36 in nation and best in region) and 2015.

Graphic: Cover of National Jurist "Best Schools for Public Service" issue.

Top 20 for government jobs in National Jurist.

Top 20 for jobs as prosecutors and public defenders in National Jurist, 2012.

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Class Starts

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Washburn Law Alumni
  • 2 U.S. Court of Appeals Judges
  • 20 Kansas Supreme Court Justices
  • 16 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges
  • Served in Congress in all but four terms since 1919, including Senator Robert Dole, '52
  • More than 7,300 current alumni
  • Attorneys in 104 of 105 Kansas counties, in 49 states, and 13 foreign countries and U.S. territories
International Opportunities

  • Summer Study Abroad Program in Barbados
    Opportunity to understand legal systems more fully through comparative study of the Caribbean system.
  • Study Abroad Program at Osaka University Law Schools (Japan).
  • Maastricht Independent Study Abroad Program
    Enroll in one semester or one year of international law and comparative law courses.
  • Study Abroad Programs in Germany, Granada (Spain), London, and The Hague through partner schools.
  • Georgia: Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia – students have collaborated with students from Free University, Tbilisi, Georgia, on amicus briefs submitted to the Constitutional Court of Georgia, and have helped in many other ways to develop legal education in that country.
Advantages of Topeka

Topeka has been recognized as one of the top 10 "Best Affordable Places to Live" in 2015 by livability.com.